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or "the difference 5 1/2 years of experience make"


This Robert August Wingnut had last come to see me 5 1/2 years ago with a fin gash on the aft rail. I was baffled by the veneer, finally settling on Ash (it later turned out to be a custom, man-made variety - I did not stand a chance). Back then, I spent many hours carefully letting in the new veneer, then relying on copious amounts of fiberglass to provide structural continuity.

Somewhere along the way I decided that scarph joints were not only structurally superior, but easier to make, as well as more pleasing to the beholder.

What a difference!

the old - laborious, unattractive
the new - strong, easy, blending in

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